australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know how much this girl loves excursions. There’s something to be said for aimlessly wandering the streets of a new city, but when you only have a few days to squeeze in all the sights of a bustling city, excursions are the most efficient way to seeContinue reading “australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour”

new orleans travel guide: do the swamp tour with cajun encounters

Before I visited New Orleans, my knowledge of the place was pretty much limited to three things: Mardi Gras, po’boy sandwiches, and the bayou. How many books have I read about the dark things that happen in the swamp? Countless. (Apparently, it’s a great place to hide bodies. The gators eat up all the evidence.)Continue reading “new orleans travel guide: do the swamp tour with cajun encounters”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath

Those who know me well know that I’m not exactly what you would call “sporty” or coordinated. But this did not stop me from signing up for a surfing lesson with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures. It seemed like a must-do—when in Hawaii, attempt to ride those legendary waves. We were in a small group, just usContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific

Late in 2016, I got it into my head that I wanted to go to Hawaii. How did this come about, you ask? It was the season six premiere of Mad Men, in which Don and Megan Draper live it up in Hawaii, that got me fixated on it. (Don’t ask. But once I set myContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific”

canary islands travel guide: gran canaria beach guide

Beaches were at the forefront of my mind when I was reading up on the Canary Islands. There are tons of them (Gran Canaria is basically the Florida of Europe), but they are all a little bit different. The top five, according to my research, were: Mogan Beach Mogan Beach is fondly referred to asContinue reading “canary islands travel guide: gran canaria beach guide”

canary islands travel tip: prepare for maspalomas

One of the best things about Gran Canaria is how varied the landscape is: You’ve got beaches, you’ve got mountains, and you’ve got insane dunes that make you feel like you’re in the Sahara, except you can see the water in the far distance, and it’s not a mirage. Maspalomas was listed in our looseContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: prepare for maspalomas”

canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas

So apparently Las Palmas is one of the most popular places in Gran Canaria. Blog posts told me so, Lonely Planet told me so, and so I assumed it must be true! They all made it seem like Las Palmas was kind of a big deal. I gotta be honest, though—I don’t really get theContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas”

3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)

Let’s be real here; airfare is often one of the most expensive aspects of travel. In my experience, it accounts for about one-third of our total spend on any given international trip. Here are the three sites that I use to find the best possible deals on airfare. Kayak and Google Flights Kayak is theContinue reading “3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)”

6 tips for making travel more affordable

I won’t bullshit you: Traveling is not cheap. This isn’t news to you. When I talk to folks about travel, that’s usually what they say: “Oh, we don’t have the money for that,” or “I don’t know how you guys afford it.” And I’ll be honest, my husband and I are extremely fortunate that we haveContinue reading “6 tips for making travel more affordable”